The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

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When two nineteenth-century Oxford students—Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley—form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.  
This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist. As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men—the resurrectionists—whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
 
Filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the twenty-first century.

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An unlikely friendship between a pair of nineteenth-century Oxford students, researcher Victor Frankenstein and poet Percy Bysshe Shelly, is marked by disparate religious beliefs that lead to Victor's grisly experimentations with corpses.

Blackwell North Amer
Frankenstein embarks on his anatomy experiments in a barn in the secluded village of Headington, just outside Oxford. But the cadavers supplied by the local coroner are frequently damaged or decaying, so he moves his coils and fluids to a deserted pottery manufactory in Limehouse. Here he makes contact with the Doomsday men - the resurrectionists - who row across the Thames in the dead of night to bring him the fresh corpses of the recently dead.
Victor Frankenstein, a serious-minded student from Switzerland, meets 'Mad Shelley', poet and atheist, at Oxford University. Soon, the two young men are deep in discussion of electrical science and natural philosophy. In this fervid and fervent atmosphere Frankenstein begins to contemplate new principles and new beliefs.
This is a novel written in the voice of Frankenstein himself. Shelley and Mary Shelley are characters in his story.

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As Victor Frankenstein begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men--the resurrectionists--whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
An unlikely friendship between a pair of nineteenth-century Oxford students including researcher Victor Frankenstein and poet Percy Bysshe Shelly is marked by disparate religious beliefs that lead to Victor's grisly experimentations with corpses.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2009/10/06
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780385530842
0385530846
Branch Call Number: FICTION ACKROYD
Characteristics: 353 p

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Jan 12, 2011

I liked this one very much, especially in the way of which it is written.

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kalio
Dec 18, 2009

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein more or less on a dare. Mary and her soon-to-be-husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, were staying at Lord Byron?s house. Late at night around the fire, they got to talking about supernatural tales and decided to write a few spooky stories of their own. Young Mary?s short story (she was only eighteen years old) became the masterpiece known today as Frankenstein, the woeful tale of a slightly mad scientist who reanimates dead matter and brings life to a hybrid selection of body parts in the form of an unnamed, unloved, and misunderstood ?monster.? In author Peter Ackroyd?s version of events, real life and fiction merge when Percy Bysshe Shelley and Victor Frankenstein are classmates at Oxford. Shelley is a romantic and free-spirited poet; Frankenstein is a moody med student obsessed with ?the spark of life.? Frankenstein?s experiments with electrocuting corpses get carried away, and just like in the original, the good doctor is soon horrified when his grotesque creation is actually brought to life. The poor monster is understandably bitter about being so quickly reviled, dismissed, and abandoned, and the creature is not one to let matters lie. For the rest of his life, Frankenstein is shadowed by the man he made, who puts a new spin on many of the events in Frankenstein?s life and in the lives of those around him, including Shelley and his smart young love interest Mary. Ackroyd is a noted author of historical fiction and it?s his level of period research and detail that makes The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein such an appealing and compelling read, as well as the mixing of a well-known work of fiction with the real historical figures who had a hand in its creation. Atmospheric and with just the right touch of things supernatural, horrific, scientific, and historical, this is another classic re-created that?s really got a mind of its own.

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